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11/18/08 20:15

Kangaroo genes close to humans; came from China

Canberra (ANTARA News/Reuters) - Australia`s kangaroos are genetically similar 
to humans and may have first evolved in China, Australian researchers said on 

Scientists said they had for the first time mapped the genetic code of the 
Australian marsupials and found much of it was similar to the genome for 
humans, the government-backed Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics said.

"There are a few differences, we have a few more of this, a few less of that, 
but they are the same genes and a lot of them are in the same order," centre 
Director Jenny Graves told reporters in Melbourne.

"We thought they`d be completely scrambled, but they`re not. There is great 
chunks of the human genome which is sitting right there in the kangaroo 
genome," Graves said, according to AAP.

Humans and kangaroos last shared an ancestor at least 150 million years ago, 
the researchers found, while mice and humans diverged from one another only 70 
million years ago.

Kangaroos first evolved in China, but migrated across the Americas to Australia 
and Antarctica, they said.

"Kangaroos are hugely informative about what we were like 150 million years 
ago," Graves sa

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